Understanding Techno-Sexual Cultures

Are you a heterosexual that has made nude, erotic, Not Safe For Work (NSFW) pics or movies? Have you taken photos or videos of yourself to send to potential partners, or to post online? This could include sexting, sex tapes or amateur porn. “Understanding Techno-Sexual Cultures” seeks to explore how Australian adults engage in the production of sexualised imagery.

If you are interested in being interviewed or attending a focus group, click below to access the eligibility survey!

About the study

Technology increasingly forms a part of our sex lives. New technologies have allowed for different forms of sexual engagement and expression, such as the production of non-commercial nude, erotic photos and movies. Although there exists discussion on young people’s involvement in sexting, we know little about the way that Australian adults engage with sexting or partake in other modes of sexualised imagery production, such as amateur porn. In this study, we want to explore Australian adults’ engagement with, and perceptions of, this topic. The findings from this research will provide an informed basis for improving policy, regulatory and educational responses in this area.

Seeking Participants

We are seeking Australian heterosexual cisgender men and cisgender women aged 25 and over to share their stories and experiences with the production of non-commercial nude, erotic pictures or movies. Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 gift voucher. This study has received ethics approval from the La Trobe University Human Ethics committee (HEC19432). For more information, please visit the About or Studies page. Click to download a copy of the Participant Information Statement.

Who can participate?

To participate, we are seeking heterosexual* men and women who are cisgender*, aged 25 years or over, have engaged with the production of sexualised imagery for non-commercial purposes, and are Australian residents or citizens.

*Why aren’t you including a more diverse range of participants?

We are focusing on adult heterosexual cisgender men and cisgender women due to the limited research on this topic with this group. If you are TGD, in the near future we hope to do research that is more encompassing of these groups and unique experiences. If you might be interested in participating in those future studies, please fill out the eligibility survey to be contacted for those.

What does participation involve?

If you would like to take part in this study, you will first be asked to read the Participant Information Statement, and then fill out this Eligibility Survey to determine if you are eligible to take part. If you are eligible, a member of our research team will contact you to set up a time and date for the interview and/or focus group. You can select whether to participate in an interview, all-female focus group, or all-male focus group. Interviews can take place either over the phone, or via Zoom. Focus groups will take place online via Zoom while social distancing measures are in place. It will take approximately one to two hours of your time to be part of this study. Topics of discussion include background information about yourself, your engagement with the production of non-commercial sexualised imagery, the devices used to produce this imagery, the positive or negative responses you’ve encountered as a result of engaging with the production of sexualised imagery, and the benefits or risks you associate with this practice. Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 gift voucher.

Can I participate with friends?

Of course! If you would like to participate with friends, you can join one of the focus groups with them – just let us know via email techsexARC@latrobe.edu.au that you would like to do this.

How can I find out more?

If you have any further questions, you can contact us at techsexARC@latrobe.edu.au or our Contact page.

How can I participate?

If you would like to participate and fit the eligibility criteria, you can select to participate in either a private interview, all-female focus group, or all-male focus group – navigate to the Contact page of our website or email us at techsexARC@latrobe.edu.au to get in touch with us!

How can I find out more?

If you have any further questions, you can contact us at techsexARC@latrobe.edu.au or use the Contact page.

Where can I get ethics information?

If you have a complaint about any part of this study (HEC19432), please contact the Senior Research Ethics Officer at La Trobe University via phone (03 9479 1443) or email (humanethics@lartrobe.edu.au).

When might I be informed of results?

Participants will be informed of the results of the study once they have been peer-reviewed and published. They will receive a short summary of results of the project which will include a list of any publications. Additionally, they can periodically check our Research Outputs page.

Where might I access results?

Participants can request copies of any publications via the contact form on this website.